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Hadassah Leaders Serve High Tea and JNF Certificates to Newtown, CT Workforce
Barbara Spack, National Chair of Marketing and Communication, Mandy Tolson, President of Newtown Danbury Hadassah, First Selectman Patricia Llodra, Miriam Aron, National JNF-Co-Chair, Connie Freeman Connecticut Region President and Jodi Maxner, Co-chair of the event.High Tea was served to over 80 firefighters, policeman and municipal staff of the Newtown community in thanks for all that they did during those sad days.
Hadassah women gather to serve High Tea.

First Selectman Patricia Llodra accepted Hadassah and JNF certificates representing over $80,000 in contributions for 4,500 trees to be planted in the Be’er Sheva River Park in the name of those killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.

High Tea was served to over 80 firefighters, policeman and municipal staff of the Newtown community in thanks for all that they did during those sad days.

A thank you from Mandy Tolson, President of Greater Newtown-Danbury Hadassah:

Dear All,

While my heart is full and my face is smiling, I want to thank all of you for making today a magical time for the town of Newtown.


As you all had a chance to walk through the Municipal Building, I am sure you were taken by all the photos, banners, pictures, letters, paintings etc. that the town has received in the last two months. This has been an incredible time for our town and with the incredible hard work, banding together and resiliency that has taken place, there has also been exhaustion, exasperation, tears, fears and emotional flooding. Being able to bring a moment of peace, sweet comfort and relaxation to our Town Workers was an incredible gift. I am honored to have been a part of a day filled with some brightness, love, generous words and actions of healing.

It is with deep gratitude that I tell all of you what a difference today made!


Read more about the trees in Holyland Park>>

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Mt. Scopus Group of Greater Atlanta Chapter Opens Art Gallery
The Mt. Scopus group of the Greater Atlanta chapter of Hadassah has organized a fundraiser at the art gallery to benefit its various goodwill endeavors.
Read about it on neighborhoodnewspapers.com here>>
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Celebrating the Ta Tas in North Carolina

One hundred cancer survivors, models, artists, photographers, doctors and vendors joined Hadassah members and friends from the greater Charlotte community to learn about the fight against breast cancer and to "Celebrate the Ta Tas."

Women guests were escorted to a luxurious black velvet booth where their personal artists awaited them. Female artists created original works of art while listening to the women's personal stories and dreams. When the paintings were completed, female photographers took amazing photos and the result was a spectacular work of art. In the process, Hadassah Charlotte created a coalition with local OB/GYNs, radiologists and a Presbyterian mammogram Mobil unit. They were all available for women and open to the public.

Every woman left with a smile and the feedback was gratifying. Survivors and participating women said they felt beautiful, special and eager to participate in this program again.

On November 3rd, the Celebrate the Ta Tas artistic photographs were exhibited, and survivors told their stories of courage and optimism - in person and by video.

The members of Hadassah's Charlotte Chapter wanted to raise money for breast cancer research at Hadassah Medical Center and they did it in an innovative and unforgettable way.

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Stamford Hadassah Hosts Infertility Specialist on "What Every Woman Should Know"
Stamford Chapter teams up with Stamford JCC for an event about “What Every Woman Should Know” with an infertility specialist.
Read about it on PRWeb.com here>>
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January 2013 Fundraisers

Ahava Machar Hadassah, which serves the communities of Wantagh, Seaford and Bellmore, sponsored a fundraiser at the Forest City Community Center on Jan. 13. The program featured a presentation by Cantor Steve Sher from Temple B'nai Torah in Wantagh. He also shared numerous anecdotes from his career in temples across the country.

Recently, members of Wilmette Hadassah in the Chicago/North Shore Chapter enjoyed an afternoon of laughter at Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah. Wilmette's own Joanne Stein, noted lecturer and educator, presented the "Story of Jewish Comedians in America." All proceeds benefitted medical research at Hadassah Hospital.

The Baltimore Chapter of Hadassah recently held its annual Cell-A-Brate event with WYPR serving as a media partner. Participants enjoyed dining and dancing at the Sheraton Inner Harbor to raise funds for stem cell advocacy and research.

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Membership Appreciation Day

Roz Holberg, President of Hadassah of Greater Philadelphia, recently spoke at Membership Appreciation Day for three groups in Northeast Philadelphia – Chai/Ben Zvi, Hatikvah and Shalom Tamid. Seventy-two women attended the event, held at Philmont Country Club. Roz was scheduled to speak about the Centennial Convention but the war in Israel had just begun. Instead she focused on what was happening in Israel and Hadassah's involvement. Not only did the members make a pledge for the 2013 year, but over $1400 was collected for the Readiness Fund. The day ended with two musicians providing entertainment for all to enjoy.

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Boston Chapter Launches Salon Series

The Boston Chapter is beginning its 100th year celebration in 2013 with the launch of a salon series. This series will highlight Inspiring Jewish Women of Boston and will welcome them as guests over the next five months in the homes of its members. Each month another group of the Boston Chapter will host the salon event but all members and Jewish women interested in Hadassah are warmly invited and encouraged to attend. This is a chapter-wide event offering the opportunity for all members to socialize together. The Ruach Group sponsored the first in this series when they recently hosted Cheryl Weiner, director of Moving Traditions. Future speakers include Meredith Goldstein, Boston Globe entertainment writer; Emily Corbato, photographer and musician; Dale Stanton, author; and Fay Lewis, cookbook author.

Read about it on Wickedlocal.com>>

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Greater Miami Region Hosts First Walkathon

Greater Miami Region held it first Red Hot Heartathon on January 27.

Greater Miami Region held it first Red Hot Heartathon on January 27.

On Sunday, January 27, 2013, the Greater Miami Region held it first Red Hot Heartathon on the campus of Temple Beth Am in Pinecrest, FL to raise funds to support cardiac wellness. Annie de Velasco, a cardiac rehabilitation nurse, who is also the Coordinator of the WomenHeart of Miami Support Network, shared her story about having a heart attack 12 years ago when she did not realize that she had heart disease.

Annie is now committed to educating women about this disease, which is the number one killer of women, and how they can make simple lifestyle changes to improve their health. She thanked Hadassah for taking on the issue of cardiac wellness in women as one of its key initiatives moving forward.

The program also highlighted the establishment of the Linda Joy Pollin Cardiovascular Wellness Institute at Hadassah University in Jerusalem, whose benefactor, Mrs. Irene Pollin, lost her daughter at age 16 to a congenital heart disease.

Participants were encouraged to learn about their cardiac risks by using the "Smart for the Heart" health assessment tool found at www.sistertosister.org developed by the Sister to Sister: The Women's Heart Health Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded by Mrs. Pollin.

This free online web-based tool, developed with the Brigham and Women's Hospital, helps to identify one's cardiac risks and offers recommendations and resources to teach women to make healthier lifestyle choices and empowers women to take control of their health.

"As the largest women's organization in the United Sates, we hope to bring this message to our 330,000 members and supporters--Heart disease in women can be prevented and even reversed. It just takes knowledge, motivation and taking the first steps which we all did here today." said Dianne Gottlieb, chair of Sunday's event. Dianne is also the co-chair of Hadassah's National Center for Nurses Councils.

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Hartford Chapter Bakes "Loaves of Love"
On, Jan. 13, over 100 local women got together for an afternoon of food, fun, and friendship. Each participant baked two fresh Challah-breads, one for themselves and one for a friend who is in need of a "lift."
Read about it in the Hartford Courant>>
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Cincinnati Chapter to Put on "A Chocolate Seder: Chocolate Dips & Seder Tips"
Rabbi Judy Chessin will lead a unique experience, “A Chocolate Seder: Chocolate Dips and Seder Tips,” featuring chocolate treats and little-known facts about the holiday of Passover.
Read about it on Cincnnati.com>>
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Stamford Chapter to Hold Women's Health Fair
The Stamford Jewish Community Center, in partnership with Stamford Hospital, the Stamford Chapter of Hadassah and First County Bank, will host a women’s health and wellness fair on Wednesday, Feb. 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The free event — titled “What Every Woman Should Know” — is open to the public.
Read about it on thehour.com>>
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Gala to Honor Marilyn and Dr. Morrie LeVine

St. Petersburg Chapter

Dr. Morris and Marilyn LeVine

L to R: Patricia Levinson, Sharon Sisselsky,Marilyn LeVine, Lisl Schick, Terri Tankel

The St. Petersburg Chapter of Hadassah held a Gala to honor Marilyn and Dr. Morrie LeVine for their many years of service to the St. Petersburg community and Hadassah. Surrounded by family and friends, the LeVines were recognized for the more than 60 years they have devoted to the betterment of the State of Israel and the Jewish people. Marilyn LeVine has been a member of the Hadassah National board for over 30 years. The St. Petersburg Chapter is furnishing a two patient room in the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower in honor of the LeVines.

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Dozens Honor Hadassah as it Turns 100
Hadassah of Greater Philadelphia

State Senator Judy Schwank (center), with Reading members, (l to r) Ann Greenstein, Pottstown; Jan Simon, Wyomissing; Gaye Corbin, Exeter Township; and Susan Wilson, West Lawn.

Recently about 75 people turned out to the Stirling Guest Hotel for a cocktail party to honor the 100th anniversary of Hadassah, hosted by the Reading Group of Hadassah of Greater Philadelphia.

State Senator Judy Schwank, a Ruscomb Manor Township resident and member of Hadassah, paid tribute to the organization at the event, which also served as a fundraiser.

"It was a lovely cocktail party with locals from the community," said Gaye Corbin, a leader of the group. "It was just fabulous."


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Heritage Luncheon a Huge Success
Hadassah of Greater Philadelphia

(l to r) Donna Gerson, Co-Chair and National Board Member; Marcie Natan, National President; Lisa Eizen, Co-Chair

New Centennial Founders Elyse Leace and Lynne Savran

Hadassah of Greater Philadelphia recently sponsored its Heritage Luncheon for minimum donors of $500 at the very chic R2L Restaurant on the 37th floor of Liberty Place. Over 80 women attended to meet and listen to guest speakers, Marcie Natan, National Hadassah President and Audrey Shimron, Director of the Hadassah Israel Office. Audrey's personal story was very heartwarming and inspired many to pledge for the upcoming year. Excitement was in the air as women took the microphone to pledge Centennial Founders gifts or step-ups to Circle of Founders and the Society of Major Donors. Event Co-Chairs Lisa Eizen and Donna Gerson were very pleased with the positive response to the day's festivities.


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North Shore Groups Hold Meetings and Mitzvah Days
North Shore Chapter, Chicago, IL
  • Wilmette Hadassah held its Chanukkah Celebration/ Mitzvah Day on Wednesday, December 19 at Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah in Wilmette. Charles Troy presented the remarkable story of "Chicago". As part of a Mitzvah project, members brought canned foods, paper products and toys for the Ark, which works with families in the surrounding communities.
  • Buffalo Grove Hadassah's Chanukah Party/ Mitzvah Day was held on Monday, December 17 at Temple Chai in Long Grove. The members were entertained by Richard Gersten, well known tenor / pianist with a diverse repertoire. A pot luck luncheon was served.
  • Chai Hadassah Mitzvah Day was held on Friday, November 30 at the Jewish Children's Bureau in Northbrook. The Chai members participated in the sorting of age appropriate Chanukah presents which were given to children in families in the community. This outreach program is part of the Chai Hadassah projects for giving back to its neighbors.
  • Chaverot Hadassah held a Menorah Lighting for Chanukah on Monday, December 10 at the Arboretum Club in Buffalo Grove. The members enjoyed a delicious dinner, played the dreidel game and had a good time listening to entertainment. A donation of unwrapped toys was collected to be given to families in the community.
  • Morton Grove held their last meeting of 2012 on Wednesday, December 19 at a luncheon at Chateau Ritz. This Chanukah meeting featured Hy Speck, lecturer and docent who presented a visual program about the life of the talented entertainer Sammy Davis Jr. The proceeds benefitted stem cell research at Hadassah Hospital.
  • Glencoe/ Northbrook/ Winnetka Hadassah celebrated the holiday season on Thursday, December 6 at the North Shore office in Northbrook. Charlotte Glass Loeb led a discussion and show slides of her visit with the "Jews of
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Southern NJ Hosts Gala
Southern New Jersey Region

Hadassah Southern New Jersey Region hosted its Lighting the Way – Fulfillers of the Dream 2012 Gala at Congregation Neve Shalom in Metuchen on the evening of December 1. A minimum donation of $500 ($360 for women, 45 years and younger), was required to attend the event. Marlene Post, past Hadassah National President and National Hadassah Centennial Coordinator was the keynote speaker. The evening's entertainer, Dani Luv, regaled the crowd with Borscht Belt favorites, dancing and humor.

All proceeds benefitted the extraordinary works of Hadassah.

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Falafel Frenzy is a Successful Local Fundraiser
Inspired by the Bagel Bash in Atlanta, an event that donates all proceeds to charity, the three planned the Falafel Frenzy, a night-before-Christmas affair that attracted 500 people and raised nearly $12,000 in its first year, three years ago.
Read about it on WashingtonJewishWeek.com>>
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South Carolina Delegation Visits Hadassah Hospital
The delegation from South Carolina at the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower.

Members of the South Carolina Business and Research Delegation in the Fannie and Maxwell Abbell Synagogue went on a mission sponsored by the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce, Southeast Region. The 20-person delegation included a prominent group of physicians, researchers, business leaders and economic developers who came to Israel to advance the South Carolina-Israel Collaboration.


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Raleigh Chapter Helps Ease Holiday Shopping Frenzy
Read about it on ABClocal.com>>
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Central States Region Dines With Ohio Governor

Terri Junker and daughter Gabrielle with OH Gov. John Kasich.

President of Central States Region, Teri Junker and daughter Gabrielle were invited along with other Ohio dignitaries to light the menorah and celebrate Hanukkah at Governor John Kasich's Residence in Columbus, Ohio.


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